Reported by Petros Yiotis (kontra)
On the first day of the appeal the court of five judges
that is held in the maximum security specially prepared courtroom
in the Koridalos prison addressed two serious matters.
The first matter is whether Savvas Xiros, who did not
appeal the first judgement within the time limits, should be allowed
to attend the court anyway on the grounds that he is pulled by
his co-defendants. Savvas Xiros, who was absent from the court,
was represented by his lawyer Yorgos Gountounas who demanded that
his client be given the possibility of participating substantially
in the trial and that the court address his serious health problems
that hinder him from being able to participate, since he can neither
hear or see.
The court decided that the Savvas Xiros can participate
in the trial, benefited < from the appeals of his co-defendants,
but it rejected his other
demands. On Monday Savvas attitude towards this decision will
The second matter was the keeping of minutes in the form
of recordings, as it had happened in the first trial. Since the
first trial there has been a law voted in that allows the keeping
of recorded minutes and this lead to the advocates of defence
and prosecution, making the relative demand. The public prosecutor
proposed the demand be rejected, on the grounds that there is
no necessary technical infrastructure! It should be noted here
that there is a fully functional voice and image recording and
transmitting network installed that is currently used to transmit
proceedings from the courtroom to the press room. This installation
was used to record the first trial. The judge announced that the
court would address the matter after it tried to get the ministry
of Justice to solve the problem of minutes. The advocates of defence
and prosecution also demanded that they should not have to go
through extensive security tests twice daily as suspects of carrying
weapons and explosives. The court reserved the decision for this
During one of the breaks of the trial, some defendants
made statements to the journalists that are the following:
As in the previous
trial, what is carried out here is a trial of opponents to the
establishment. It is clearly a political trial. A
trial of political expediency. A trial
that is carried out during difficult times, while the system attacks
rights and freedoms, but the working world has not yet found answer.
A trial that is carried out in an environment
of decay, scandals and corruption. When the entire juridical
system is undergoing a deep crisis and rendering it entirely unreliable.
When the advocates of prosecution are diminishing in numbers with
their main representatives involved in the circuits of corruption.
In such a political trial, that is carried out in a
such an environment, the objective of the establishment
is not simply the conviction of certain persons, but the political
and ideological wipe-out of ideas, values and visions of the Revolutionary
Left. As far as I am concerned, I will not grant them this favour.
This trial is a tribune for me, it is a battle against allowing
the system to materialise its objectives, to reveal its plans,
to publicise the political character of this affair, to not allow
History to be rewritten, to show that when resistance exists,
I was convicted to a heavy sentence, 21 times life sentence,
for reasons of political expediency and under the blackmails of
foreign agents. My conviction is absurd and ridiculous. Even in
this bill of indictment they have had to admit that I did not
have any involvement in a total of roughly 90 acts of violence.
If this court is rudimentarily just, if it respects the law and
the right of evidence it can only come to one decision, my evident,
I deny all the allegations and I will prove them all
faulty if I am given the chance.
Savvas wants to be here, but if he comes as he is, he
will only be like a piece of furniture. He first wants his health
to be attended to.
Over the past two or three years there has been a mechanism
set up by a few individuals who want to keep two defendants in